Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids That Are Always Hungry

If the kids in your home are anything like the ones around here, they’re requesting a snack about 75% of the day, every single day. We aren’t super strict on the amount of snacks that we hand out – I assume growing boys that are constantly moving and grooving need lots of fuel, so I’m not too stingy with how much snacking they do. However, I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to healthy snacking options. Below I’ll share a few of my favorite healthy snacks for the littles in your life. 

Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Strawberries & Grapes

My oldest isn’t a huge fruit lover (unless it’s frozen), in spite of my best efforts. However, my tiny guy LOVES it. Right now we are on a real Strawberry/Grape kick, and we go through at least a carton of strawberries a week. It’s definitely important to remember to cut these up into bite size portions, especially the grapes, since they can be a choking hazard. Plus, the more pieces they have to eat, the longer they spend eating the snack, the longer it is until I have to figure out ANOTHER snack, and so on….

  • Crackers/Apple Slices With Peanut Butter

My four year old has a new-found love for peanut butter, and since I’m always trying to find ways to push protein in his diet, I will put peanut butter on just about anything these days. Two things that work well around here are crackers (whatever’s the favorite at your house will do the trick) and apple slices. I put the peanut butter in a little serving cup and dish out a few crackers or apple slices and he’s a happy camper. 

  • String Cheese

Yet another sneaky way to get some protein in. String cheese is a real hit for us – even Mommy and Daddy tend to snack on it after dinner. We typically choose a low-fat version, and I’ll buy the organic option if it’s on sale or I decide to throw caution to the wind and spend $5 on a bag of string cheese. 

  • Smoothies

I have to admit, this is more of a Nana-thing in our world. Mommy has good intentions, but I super hate cleaning the blender so I’m not likely to make a smoothie unless it’s requested. However, if I weren’t so lazy, smoothies are an amazingly healthy snack for kids when done right. Our favorite way to make them is with almond milk, frozen fruit, and yogurt – maybe add a little honey for extra sweetness if we’re feeling crazy. Delicious and healthy in so many ways. Can’t beat it! 

  • Organic Frozen Pancakes

My boys are completely obsessed with Earth’s Best Frozen Organic Mini Blueberry Pancakes. I buy two boxes a week and we usually run out. They want them for breakfast every morning and for a snack throughout the day. The good news is these little pancakes aren’t half bad – they’re made with whole grains and are a good source of iron, zinc, and b vitamins. And apparently they’re tasty enough that the kids never even ask for syrup to go with them. Score!

  • Turkey “Rollups”

This is a hilariously easy snack that for some reason is a hit around here. I buy a pound of thinly sliced turkey at the deli counter most weeks, and literally take a piece and roll it up in a long strip for a snack. That’s it. Easy as can possibly be, relatively healthy, and again, protein. I even stick this in my Grayson’s lunch for preschool as the “main course” at least once a week when school’s in session. 

  • Cottage Cheese

Now, this could just be my kid, but it’s worth a shot! For some reason Grayson is a big fan of cottage cheese, which is totally fine by me. Protein, calcium, vitamins – you really can’t go wrong here. If you think your kids will be skeptical, there are a couple of ways you can dress it up – occasionally we will add honey to ours, and there’s always the option to add fruit. Give it a try!

  • Cereal Bars

I think my kids would eat several of these a day if I would let them – their favorite (for the moment) seems to be Earth’s Best Organic Strawberry Sunny Days Snack Bars. I know they love them because they’re sweet, but they really are a pretty decent snack nutritionally so I feel pretty good about handing them over when they ask for one. According to their website, these bars are a great source of calcium, iron, zinc and six B vitamins – not too shabby! I keep our snack bags stocked with these at all times. 

So there you have it! If your kids are getting bored with your normal snack options, try out a few of these. Also, I would love for you to share your favorite toddler snacks in the comments – we’re always looking to try new, healthy things around here! 

5 Delicious Snacks For The Girl Trying to Be Healthy

You GUYS….I am trying so hard to get a handle on this healthy living thing! I’m working out almost every day, drinking more water, and trying so desperately to eat better. But man oh man do I love food. This is by far the hardest part for me. So, so hard. I mean, I’m really struggling. It’s almost pathetic.

However, now that I’ve crossed over into my 30’s and have also had a couple of babies, it appears that I can’t eat chocolate all throughout the day, drink five cokes, and then end my evening with Mexican food and margaritas at 10 PM, all while maintaining my girlish figure. If I had the opportunity, there’s a good chance I would go back in time and punch my 21 year old self in the face while she was eating a double cheeseburger from McDonalds at 2 AM in her size zero jeans. But I digress.

So now that the reality of my situation has had time to sink in and I realize I’m not magically going to fit back in those size zeros (nor would I want to, lets be real) I’ve had to make some adjustment in my eating habits. However, I honestly don’t think I can survive without snacking. So I’ve been on the hunt for snacks that taste good and don’t make me feel terribly guilty after I eat them. I’m not saying this is the best list of truly healthy snacks out there, because I’m not the healthiest eater and you’re not going to find me gnawing on raw carrots or having a banana as my daily indulgence. But if you’re looking for snacks that improve upon some pretty terrible eating habits like I was, then this is a pretty good place to start.

5 Delicious Snack for the Girl Trying to be Healthy | Haven Gray {the blog}

  • Hummus

Who doesn’t love hummus? Actually, my mom hates it, so that’s not a great question to start with. But if you haven’t tried it, do it now. I think it is so super delicious, and it’s actually pretty dang healthy. My favorite is the Sabra Classic Hummus, but they have a zillion other flavors. You can use it as a dip with pita bread, melba toast, red bell peppers, you can use it as a spread on toast, sandwiches, or burgers – or you can just eat it with a spoon directly from the container. Not that I’ve ever tried that one.

  • String Cheese

String cheese is a staple in this house. We are basically always guaranteed to have a bag in the fridge. It’s the perfect little snack to hold you over between meals, it’s low in calories (especially the “light” versions), and it gives you a little protein boost. The husband, Grayson and myself all love our string cheese. The little guy hasn’t been convinced yet, but we’re working on him.

  • Good Thins Crackers

OMG I am obsessed with these crackers. I buy them like, three or four boxes at a time, no joke. I love the sea salt and pepper flavor – I’ve tried a few other flavors and haven’t been as impressed, but it may be because I am madly in love with these, not sure. While the healthiest option is probably eating the 13 crackers that make up a serving size, I’m just not always able to do that. Also, these are ESPECIALLY good with a little slice of pepper jack cheese right in the middle of two of them, but I’m quite sure that makes them not as healthy – but I’m basically drooling thinking about it, so I’m gonna say I can’t quite make myself care. So ignore everything I just said and enjoy a handful of these and you can be a healthy snacker!

  • Smoothies

I’m doing Shakeology right now, so I’m drinking a lot more smoothies than I typically do. But what this has made me realize is, I don’t know why I don’t drink them more. You can make them as healthy (or unhealthy) as you want and they are almost always yummy. The main one I’m making right now is almond milk, an “antioxidant blend” of frozen fruit (blueberries, cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, etc), ice, and a scoop of my Shakeology. Super simple and super yummy. When I make them for Grayson I add a bit of yogurt and honey and he thinks it’s the greatest thing around.

  • Garden Lites Frozen Chocolate Muffins

Confession: I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth. I feel the need for something sweet several times a day or I feel like I’m being horribly deprived in life. Chocolate is my absolute fave, so it’s so hard for me when I feel like I don’t have the freedom to grab a handful of chocolate covered almonds or mini snickers or eat an entire pan full of brownies….that only happened once, promise. So when I stumbled upon these babies it was like I won the lottery. They are made with zucchinis and carrots, which sounds crazy, but they are absolutely delicious, I swear. Just pop them in the microwave for like 35 seconds and you’ve got warm, gooey, heavenly chocolate to indulge in. And the good news is they’re so rich just one of them is enough to totally kick your cravings for anything else.

So there you have it! If you are an actual healthy person you are probably cringing at the fact that my “healthy” list includes processed foods, but if you’re a recovering junk food addict like myself you’re probably like “dang girl, there’s a lot of good lookin stuff on that list!”. Or something along those lines. So I hope my (non-existent) expertise helped you out. Happy healthy snacking, friend!